The past few days we've had the hottest weather of the summer, yet when I woke up early this morning and opened the back door to let the fresh air in I could smell the nearness of autumn in the breeze. As it seems to do more and more with each passing year, the summer has zoomed by. It's been a summer to remember, not because of anything extraordinary happening, but because of the extraordinary goodness of God in my ordinary life.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-hot tea and prayer with a friend who stopped by
-spending the afternoon with my oldest daughter and her two girlies
-my snuggly granddaughter
-they stayed for a yummy dinner of grilled steak, corn on the cob and salad
-trusting God with things I can't control
-long funny group texts from our daughters
-God never abdicates His throne
-doing a favor for a young mama
-seeing a young couple's sweet newborn baby girl for the first time
-a wonderful dinner downtown followed by the live performance of The Lion King with my youngest daughter and son-in-law and his parents-what a great night!
-a phone call with a friend
-helping my oldest daughter pack for their move
-early to bed due to my hub's jet lag
-picking blackberries and making a galette with my oldest granddaughter
- an amazing sunset
-a relaxing hub's day off
-dinner and games with friends
-three of the grandkids spending the weekend while their mama and daddy have a getaway
-pancakes and eggs for Saturday breakfast
-icy cold frappuccinos on this hot, hot day
-taking our youngest grandson for a haircut
-playing outside in the water
-frying potatoes that my husband grew in the back yard
-quiet time after putting our grandson to bed
-a sweet quiet time before the kids woke up
-God's amazing plan of redemption
-lunch at Rib City with the kids